peteinSD (1450) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an extremely dark brown with a quickly fading tan head that reduces to a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Steady and lively carbonation. Aroma is thick, decadent bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and a formidable sweet malt, raisin-heavy barley wine profile. Oh wow - this has aged so very well. The rich bourbon, vanilla, coconut dominates the first half of the flavor before the beer opens up into a soft barley wine with raisin, date, caramel, toffee, and a touch of char. As good as the 2010 was this is better for my personal tastes - I only wish I had another 2010 tucked away in my cellar. This beer is worthy of the search.
Earlier Rating: 12/26/2010 Total Score: 4.2
’10 bottle. Dark ruby brown in the glass with a fairly thick and velvety tan head after an aggressive pour. Holy shit this smells great! Vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, toffee, a slight smoke influence, and some underlying spice. Whoa - this is a big beer in the mouth with semi-hot bourbon right up front, vanilla, soft caramel, thick sweet malt, raisin, date, and lingering booze through the finish. Smooth and chewy feel in the mouth with the alcohol providing a nice tingling contrast after each sip. It’s amazing to me how the aroma is decadent bourbon/vanilla and yet the taste contains a fairly hardcore, big raisin/date barley wine flavor. Very impressive beer.
wedgie9 (2577) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 8/9/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle obtained in a trade, 2009 vintage. Pours an extremely dark, but still clear, brown-amber with a thin tan head that slowly recedes to nothing more than a very thin collar of lace. The nose is driven by malty caramel and maple with the bourbon vanilla and oak acting as more of a backbone, with hints of dark date and fig fruits, and some burnt bitter aroma. The flavor is a bit more roasted and bitter, but very malty with the caramel and maple, moving to bourbon, vanilla, oak, and bitter chocolate. The body is full and oily with average carbonation and a super long caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, lightly bitter, and alcoholic hot finish.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle (2009) from a very generous BA trader. Deep clear brown/red with tiny head that quickly fades to a small ring and some boozy legs. Huge aroma of bourbon, oak, toffee, dark fruit and vanilla. Flavor is in your face bourbon barrel and vanilla with lots of rich sweet dark malts, warming alcohol presence. Medium body with a carbonation that explodes when the beer hits your mouth and a long boozy finish. This is an excellent beer, big English style barley wine with a ton of bourbon barrel character that comes together perfectly. Really glad I got to try this.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at dak’s 1/19/11.
auburn colored body with a orange tinted tan head.
the aroma and flavor are very warming... vanilla, mellow bourbon, florals, brown sugar starting to burn a bit, citrus, butter and dates.
it is creamy, rich and almost full bodied but not cloying. good stuff. 8/4/8/4/17+
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 2009 vintage. Thanks Jason! The beer pours to a really dark mahogany body with a whitish head. The aroma is deep on the sweet caramelized malt with some nice toffee and vanilla. Subtle wood. The flavor is fairly woody with vanilla, toffee, caramel, and some burnt brown sugar. Charred wood lingers and maybe makes the alcohol more pronounced. The alcohol is surprisingly mild for 13.5%, but it’s still there. Super sweet and mildly sticky palate. Full bodied. 8, 4, 8, 4, 15 = 3.9
2011 vintage on tap at Pelican. Pours to a pitch black body with a thin head. Aroma is kind of like calvados soaked oak cask with deep dark chocolate. The flavor is intense dark chocolate with cognac and calvados with burnt astringent black malt, marshmallow, and vanilla laden oak. The palate is a bit boozier than expected. Big bodied beer with a full creamy mouthfeel. Lots going on in this. 7, 4, 9, 5, 17 = 4.2
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, 2009 vintage. Poured deeper chocolatey brown with garnet highlights and a very short-lived tan head. The aroma picked up deep bourbon-accented darker fruits, a touch of maple, and molasses with vanilla, oak, and more fruit on the back of the nose.. a little too assertive and the barrel played too major a role, but it was still solid. The flavor found aged caramel and molasses at the core, with lots of tangy bourbon and liquid vanilla laced throughout.. finished with peppery alcohol and bourbon over tacky caramel. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. again there was a bit too much barrel.. overall good stuff, but not great.
JorisPPattyn (9134) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head to speak off, over cola-coloured beer. Liquorice, toffee, some fusels and a touch of cheese/(y hops), but generally very sweet-smelling. Very sweet taste, with liquorice, toffee and treacle syrup. Esters as from unripe banana, and Bourbon, especially warming up. Very rich, slick as none, chewy MF. To my taste, it’s just a bit too thick and certainly too sweet to be a real top product. Many thanks to Evan & Matt!
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz., 2010 bottling. Huge and complex nose of rich, sweet malts and dark, dried fruits, with notes in varying degrees of oak, vanilla, bourbon, raisin, date, charcoal, toffee and powdered sugar. Mostly cloudy mahogany color, the head forming a lasting tan ring. Flavor profile is hugely malty and full of bourbon character, brown sugary sweetness and massive raisin throughout, with lighter suggestions of vanilla, oak, pine, earth and hop bitterness, with a lasting, warming finish. Slick, syrupy mouthfeel, just coats the palate utterly, body can only be described as gigantic. Really amazing stuff, thanks and cheers to Dan!
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark amber color/ tan head. Spicy oxidized caramel, vanilla, wood aromas. Medium mouthfeel. Rich spicy caramel, toasted toffee, wood char, vanilla flavors--good
argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, vintage 2009, RBSG grand tasting. Minimal off-white head, hazy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some cognac, milk chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, cognac, some milk chocolate, syrup, Bourbon. Sticky medium-full body.